Assalamu alaikum all,
I haven't talked to anyone on these forums ever since I took my shahada. Someone by the name TripolySunni made a comment on a forum post somewhere in the past about me but that was a long time ago. I will post my introduction below and I have a question for forum members to ask after it.
I grew up in a relatively non-denominational Christian family but my call to a higher truth came. It wasn't until August of 2010 where the debacle surrounding the New York Mosque controversy started getting attention in the media when I made a conscious effort to get to know what Muslims were and what they believed in. Initially, I didn't believe the official story about 9/11 and I didn't believe that a religious faith was to blame for this act of terrorism. From then on I started researching about Islam, watching YouTube videos of converts and what it is about, reading the Qur'an and talking to some Muslim friends at school. About a year later I had been watching Eddie from The Deen Show. There was an older YouTube video of him showing how to do the prayer. There was some verses in the Bible that made me see how all of the Prophets (PBUT) prostrated in prayer like Muslims. Then I noticed that Christians weren't allowed to eat pork, just as Jews and Muslims were not allowed to eat either. Shortly after discovering that I said 'I believe in Islam, all roads lead to Islam. I want to be a Muslim'
I accepted Islam on October 7th, 2011 and the alternative name that I may go by around my Muslim brothers and sisters is Miraj Abdullah Hashim. I am Ashari in creed and Maliki in Fiqh (Jurisprudence).
Now for the questions. I registered to this site with the the Hanafi madhab selected as my school of choice but I have recently been studying the Maliki school. How come I can only view the "Islam Q&A - Hanafi Fiqh" forum section although I have selected the Maliki to follow instead? I haven't posted on this forum in a very long time as previously mentioned and I can't access the 'My profile" tab on the top right hand side of the forum. Why is that?
Hope to talk to everyone soon and get some answers to my questions.